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Family Events: Last weekend for fall festivals, Denver Arts Week and more

Denver Arts Week. Nov. 1-9, gather family and friends to enjoy the sixth annual celebration of the city’s vibrant, eclectic arts and cultural scene!  Don’t miss this week-long celebration of Denver’s thriving arts scene with special events, concerts, art shows, theatre, dance, special deals and discounts. Try something new and explore more than a dozen museums, 40 performing arts groups, eight neighborhood arts districts and 100 art galleries. http://www.denver.org/DenverArtsWeek/
 Anderson Farms Fall Festival. Colorado’s Longest-Running Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is open daily through November 2nd. With the Zombie Paintball Hunt, Terror in the Corn, gem mining, hayrides, animal acres, pumpkin launching, mine cars, Barnyard 500 Pedal Karts, a Barrel Train, Kiddie Coral and mountain of tires, there is plenty to do. $10-12. http://andersonfarms.com/

Autumn Sky Tour. On Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. view through historic & modern telescopes Pine Valley Ranch Open Space Park. Astronomy team members will discuss the spectacular objects to be found in Autumn skies. Ages 10 – adult. Be sure to register.

Preschool Nature Nuts: Turkeys. Saturday, November 2 and November 7 at 10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Lookout Mountain Nature Center. What is the most famous bird in November? The turkey, of course. Enjoy a hike and make a craft as you gobble away. Kids ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to register.

Bootown at Heritage Square. Younger kids ready for some spooky, not too scary Halloween adventures can visit the Bootown attraction at Heritage Square every weekend in October and through Nov. 3 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for $8 per person. The bi-level Miner’s Maze has been transformed into the friendly Bootown haunted house that with its spooky decorations and 3D glasses, brings Halloween scenes to life inside the maze. Besides Bootown, the entire Miner’s Maze Adventureland is also open with activities that celebrate fall fun for the whole family.  An all day, unlimited combination pass for all the attractions in the Adventureland and Heritage Square Amusement Park is $39 and includes go karts, boats, mini golf, zip line, and the Adventureland’s newest attraction, the high ropes course that looks down into the maze. Little ghosts, goblins and witches and every other costume wearing child can decorate their own customized pumpkin in Bootown’s giant pumpkin patch where they can select and decorate their own pumpkin for an additional $4. For older kids and teenagers, the After Dark Maze Craze Insanity is open Oct. 11-Nov. 2 on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7-11 p.m.  http://www.HeritageSquareAmusementPark.com.

Have You Seen My Dinosaur Production. ANIMALOOZA has teamed with Rocky Mountain PBS and the Denver Zoo to present it’s first-ever live show — “Have You Seen My Dinosaur” — Nov. 2 at the Boulder Theater. Local Emmy Award-winning producer and children’s author Shane DeRolf has created ANIMALOOZA a FUN-Dimensional Learning Company. Through its monthly book series, digital media experiences  and live-events, ANIMALOOZA creatively introduces kids to a wonderful cast of animated characters from around the world through books, videos, songs and dances with just the right amount of age-appropriate environmental awareness.  For information about tickets and show times, please visit: http://bit.ly/1eqcipM.

Day of the Dead Family Celebration.  On Nov. 2, the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center presents Colorado’s largest Day of the Dead celebration features live entertainment, sugar skull decorating, traditional food, community altars, new exhibit displays, paper flower making, Día de los Muertos face painting, and Lady Catrina. 400 Quail Road, Longmont. http://www.longmontmuseum.org
Special Screening of Girl Rising. It might be the most important documentary you’ll ever watch. On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, the non-profit Water For People Presents Girl Rising: A Celebration and Screening.  As we continue to address the challenges of the water crisis, both in Colorado and across the developing world, there is an ongoing need to empower women and girls.  This will be a great local event to begin that conversation not only around how girls are affected by the water crisis (and poverty) but also around what we can do to make an impact. Be sure to view the Girl Rising trailer here. Popcorn will be provided for the screening; light appetizers will be available at the cocktail hour, as well as a cash bar with wine, beer, and cocktails. Tickets are $10. 6-9 p.m. at  Galvanize, 1062 Delaware St, Denver. RSVP: http://waterforpeoplegirls.eventbrite.com/
Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s MythBusters. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. On the TV show MythBusters, co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving or exploding myths using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects. Tickets are available at www.dmns.org/mythbusters. General visitors pay $22 adult, $16 junior/student (ages 3–18 or with a student ID), and $18 senior (age 65+). Ticket includes admission to both the exhibition and the museum. Timed tickets will be required and advance reservations are strongly encouraged; the Museum anticipates that popular times will sell out.
Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. This three-day bonanza Nov. 8-10 of shopping, beer tasting, resort information gathering and family activities will be at Hall A of the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. This annual sale is the last chance for skiers and riders to make their pre-season gear purchases at deeply discounted prices. The Mountain Activity Center presented by Monarch Mountain is back with a full line up of attractions where kids can participate and test their skills. The fast-paced Eliteam Training Center offers a timed obstacle course that measures basic fitness and flexibility skills—and kids love competing against the clock and each other. For first-time, just-thinking-about-it little skiers, the gently-sloped Winter Park Kid’s Slope with an artificial surface offers an easy introduction to skiing. Burton’s Riglet Park offers the same kind of easy introduction to snowboarding. A 25-foot Climbing Wall and Keystone’s Kidtopia Play Park with their bouncy castle are two additional play zones where kids can burn some excess energy while working on strength and balance. Expo-only admission is $12 for adults or $10 with a discount coupon available in The Denver Post or at any Colorado Ski & Golf or Colorado Ski & Sports store. www.skisnowboardexpo.com
Like to plan ahead? Visit Denver has these 10 highlights of Thanksgiving Weekend in Denver.

Ooh and Ah at the Grand Illumination of Downtown Denver

November 29

The Grand Illumination event lights up downtown Denver with nearly 600,000 lights from Union Station to the City and County Building. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Union Station with carolers, food, drink, and family friendly activities.

Experience a Holiday Classic at the Denver Center for Performing Arts – A Christmas Carol

November 29-December 29

Denver’s holiday tradition returns! Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season and is a beloved tradition for many families.

Let Someone Else Do The Cooking On Thanksgiving

November 28

Not in the mood to baste that turkey? Take the night off and hit the town! Some of Denver’s best restaurants want to cook you a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

Take a Trip to the Art World of Paris

Through February 9, 2014

Take a trip to Paris, without leaving The Mile High City. This holiday season, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) presents Passport to Paris, a suite of three French-themed exhibitions, featuring masterpieces by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and will feature more Monet in Denver than ever before! Skip the lines and take advantage of great hotel packages with VIP tickets at parisindenver.com.

Uncover the Truth with The MythBusters

Through January 5, 2014

Uncover the truth behind some of science’s popular myths! Just like the dynamic TV series, the fully interactive Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity to create a hands-on – and yes, explosive – experience for guests of all ages.

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early

Cross some loved ones off your holiday gift list early this year! Cherry Creek North’s 16 blocks are filled with holiday lights and décor and the region’s largest collection of independently owned boutiques. Browse 160 upscale shops at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Other options include Denver Pavilions and Larimer Square, Belmar Shopping + Dining District, IKEA, and Park Meadows Retail Resort.

Warm to the Glow of Blossoms of Light

December 1, 2013-January 1, 2014

Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens. More than one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the Gardens’ winter beauty. Romantic and popular kissing spots will return, as well as the always-anticipated HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available.

Take a Spin on the Ice – for FREE – at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

November 30, 2013-February 17, 2014

Skyline Park is the place to be this holiday season! Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership invite you to grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in Downtown Denver to the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park! Skating is free with your own skates, or rentals are available for just $2.

Celebrate the Season With Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

November 30-December 1

Two nights only! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for more than 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in the Buell Theatre’s intimate setting.

Visit The Old World at the Denver Christkindl Market

November 22- December 21

Relive a centuries old German tradition at the annual Denver Christkindl. The sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season with a German flair arrive on the 16th Street Mall. Music, holiday lights and typical vendor cabins will fill Skyline Park area across from the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower.

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Nature Programs

Also, don’t miss these events from Jeffco parks. LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling 720-497-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit their website or call to learn about group programs.

GO Club: Who’s Still Awake?
Saturday, November 9
1:00 PM Mount Falcon Park West
Get Outdoors and Explore Club programs are unstructured, playful nature excursions that feature activities for parents to help their children connect with the natural world. All ages.

Junior Naturalists: Being a Turkey
Sunday, November 10
1:00 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Learn about the bird that almost became the symbol of our nation! From finding food to getting a good night sleep, discover what it takes for these birds to survive. Kids ages 6-10 with an adult.

Fall Stories
Sunday, November 17
2:00 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Take a short walk to discover what is interesting in the pine woods on that day, then come inside for a story about nature and place. Ages 6-adult.

Toddler Nature Nuts: Turkeys
Thursday, November 7
10:15 or 11:15 AM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
What is the most famous bird in November? The turkey, of course. Enjoy a hike and make a craft as you gobble away. Kids 2 years-old with an adult.

40th Anniversary Exhibit   
March 19 to November 17 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson County Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space, which was voted into existence in 1972 and began receiving funds in 1973. Displays will center on important points in history, interesting facts about the development of Open Space and a variety of memorabilia.
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